The NFL futures odds might have more value now than ever, so here are three long shot underdog bets in the NFL futures that could pay off by the end of the year.
Kansas City Chiefs to win AFC West (+200)
Ok, so the first underdog that is live for me is a soft underdog, or not much of an underdog at all. In a division that eventually produced the Super Bowl champion, the Kansas City Chiefs were 11-5. That's not even mentioning that they lost Jamaal Charles early last season, and lost Justin Houston to injury midseason as well. This season could very well be different if they are healthy, because they have the defense and running game to win this division.
However, despite losing their quarterback, the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are still favored to win this division at most shops. I'm not one to trust Mark Sanchez to win eight games, let alone the division, and with a deep running back core and defense, the Chiefs might be the team to do it. They beefed up their offensive line this offseason, and with Charles healthy along with Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce, the Chiefs may have enough offense to run the AFC West and cash the NFL pick this season.
Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC (+600)
So we definitely get a lot more farfetched as we go along in this article and video, but the Arizona Cardinals are good, and while they play in the same division as the favorites, the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals have the depth on offense and defense to make some noise in the NFC this season. They were a 13-win team last season and played better than almost everyone up until the NFC Championship. Considering they were one win away last season before getting destroyed by Cam Newton and the Panthers.
This season Arizona is brining back the same deep offense that scored 51 offensive touchdowns in 2015, and their defense is still one of the best all around defenses in the NFL. If they can be a lockdown passing defense against some of the better teams in the NFC, there is a good chance they get back to the NFC Championship and maybe even win it this time. At a price of +600, they are being undervalued in the NFC after playing in the NFC Championship last year.
Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl (+1100)
The only reason the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't a better favorite to win the Super Bowl is the fact that they play in a pretty tough division and the Bengals are easily as good as Pittsburgh is. After a breakout offensive season in 2015, the Bengals look potent, but the Steelers are too.
Take for instance that they are getting Le'Veon Bell back to add to one of the more potent offenses in the NFL. They even signed Ladarius Green to beef up an already elite passing offense, and along with Bell and DeAngelo Williams, this team is set to average 30 points per game.
They have a tough road hence their 11/1 NFL odds to win the Super Bowl. However, they get to play the NFC East, which is somewhat of a gift to their odds of a first round bye, and if they can get to 12 wins this team might be two playoff wins away from the Super Bowl. I think the Steelers might end up being a 13-win team this season, so 11/1 to win the Super Bowl could be a value if they are as good as I think they are.